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Infection in pregnant sows may lead to antisocial piglets

Getting infection during pregnancy does not guarantee occurrence of neurodevelopmental problems.

When a pregnant woman gets a bad case of the flu, her immune system may react in a way that affects her baby’s developing brain, which could lead to behavioral disorders like autism in the child or schizophrenia in the young adult. The link is well established in humans, which is one reason it’s standard practice to get a flu shot during pregnancy. Until now, however, the majority of studies testing the underlying causes have been done with rodents, including two that

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